White House grappling with fallout from aide’s resignation

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches. Porter is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to stem the fallout from how it handled a senior aide’s resignation after allegations of spousal abuse.

Several of President Donald Trump’s senior advisers fanned out on the Sunday morning talk shows to defend the response and seemingly to soften some of the president’s comments.

Kellyanne Conway said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she believed the accounts of staff secretary Rob Porter’s two ex-wives.

That stands in contrast to a Trump tweet the day before in which he lamented that people’s lives were being ruined by “a mere allegation.”

Conway and other aides, including budget director Mick Mulvaney, also said Trump has full confidence in chief of staff John Kelly.

Kelly has come under fire for how he handled the Porter matter.